By Mike Campbell
I love sharing my before and after pictures to show people they can lose weight, improve their wellness and change their lives. I share before and after pictures of people I coach to help others start their journeys.
People see the before and after pictures and definitely want the after picture! They think they know the story by assuming they know the thousand words that go with the before and after pictures, but they may know only about 2,000 words of the story. They want the after results without knowing the story. People see before and after shots in magazines, on social media, and on TV. They hear promises of transformation and success. They hear what turn out to be a very small percentage of success stories with each pitch. Quite often people hear what they want to hear, not what they need to hear!
Let’s talk about me and my before and after pictures. Let’s talk about what you see and a lot about what you don’t see. There are tens of thousands of words between my before and after pictures! These words are the words you need to hear.
My pictures show a specific point in time and nothing of my journey. What does my journey look like? It looks like the most twisted rollercoaster ride you’ve ever seen: tons of highs and lows with a whole bunch of twists and turns. These two points in time are a small piece of my story. The journey between the pictures could easily fill a book. The path to losing 150 pounds was nowhere near a straight line. I wasn’t losing five pounds to look good for summer. I was changing my life style and changing my life. Overhauling lifestyle habits is no easy deal. You need to understand that you will hit bumps, you will stumble, you will get knocked back and you will fail along the way.
You need to know that failing is part of any successful journey. I had to know that the ultimate test was getting up every time I stumbled or every time I failed. I always failed forward! I always faced toward my goal. I got knocked back, but I never turned around. Getting to my after picture took a commitment of my mind, heart, and soul. Sure, it’s exercise and diet, but a healthy dose of persistence and commitment have to be tossed into the equation.
And then what happens after the initial after picture? Long before I took my first after picture, I realized that my lifestyle change was a journey, not a point-to-point project. I knew that I had to remain vigilant to maintain my healthy lifestyle change.
One thing I did was rely on the word reboot. Each time I stumbled or found myself slipping out of bounds, I rebooted. Just like with a computer or phone, I go back to my original “settings” when I find my healthy lifestyle slipping away from me. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve rebooted my journey!
My biggest bumps since losing weight have been personal loss and injury. I lost my father-in-law, mother-in-law and mom. A car accident and some other injuries sidetracked me, too. These significant bumps have called for serious reboots and recommitment to my journey. After all, it is my journey! I continue to define my journey every day. Remember your journey is yours to define.
As I write this, I’m dealing with another major reboot. Hip and leg issues have been traced to significant problems in my lumbar spine. As I reboot from this issue, I’m consulting my doctors about how I can design a plan to continue my focus on a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle. This is something I treasure and want for me. We all have circumstances that challenge us along our journey. If you want that after picture you won’t let bumps in the road get in your way. You will find a way to maneuver toward your goal. I did and continue to do so!
Continue to join me on my journey each issue.
You can also contact Mike @ 843.637.0723